Gradient Symbolic Representations

Harmonic Minimalism - Cumulativity and Serialism in Syntax - Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy [+-]
University of Leipzig
Andrew Murphy is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leipzig where he obtained his PhD in linguistics in 2017.


The final chapter will explore a more recent development in Harmonic Grammar, namely the concept of gradient symbolic representations (Smolensky et al. 2014, Smolensky & Goldrick 2016, Verıssimo 2016, Rosen 2016, Zimmermann 2017, Putnam & Klosinski 2017, Muller to appear). The crucial idea is that that symbols can have different degrees of ‘activations’, meaning that the constraint violations they induce are not absolute. I will review some initial work that has argued that these can be used in syntax (Muller to appear). Additionally, further applications of gradient symbols will be discussed for transparency effects related to head movement (e.g. Stepanov 2012), as well as null operator constructions.

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Murphy, Andrew. Gradient Symbolic Representations. Harmonic Minimalism - Cumulativity and Serialism in Syntax. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2021. ISBN 9780000000000. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40312. Nov 2021

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